The second round of our lecturing/presentations was all about Virtual Learning Environments VLEs, e-safety and what traditional teaching methods suit best at Virtual Environments. Our topic was ’Safety in Virtual Environments. (Safety, equality, network bullying, others, laws etc’. As this was our second assignment, as a group our understanding level bit high. We started work on a commonly shared powerpoint file. First, we developed our understanding of the task and after discussion, we divided our tasks. In our Second discussion round, we came up with our findings and written content. During every online meeting, we discussed each other’s work, comments on it and critical analysis, and during last online meeting, we finalize things how to deliver teaching, what areas of presentation are more important etc.
As we were supposed to use one new teaching method, we used Padlet for this teaching session. Padlet is the easiest way to create and collaborate in the world. Padlets help in organizing important notes, allow others to write on your wall etc. You can add any type of file, from text posts, photos, video, any link from any site. Each page/wall can have several contributors/students.
Group 1 task was ‘What traditional teaching methods work with Virtual Environments? What don’t? What features are better in Virtual Environment (compared to frontal teaching — and why are they better)?’ For me, this topic was quite informative because it helped me to understand different teaching methods with its frontal or virtual teaching pros and cons.
Our topic was Safety in Virtual Environments. (Safety, equality, network bullying, others, laws…) Consider both from the viewpoint of the student and the teacher. This assignment helped us to understand different aspects of online safety and identify the potential ‘areas’ of online safety risk associated with online learning. This is very important to understand safety in virtual environments from an educational establishment perspective and both teacher and student perspective. The first point comes to one’s mind when thinking about Safety in virtual environments is Data and Password security. Usually, a virtual environment is protected by firewall (network security device) or by necessary and reasonable measures. It is obvious that data and password security is an important area of concern at every educational establishment. When you consider all the important data you store virtually — from educational records to students’ information. Educational Establishments normally adopt security standards for acceptance of applications and services and share them with teachers, parents, and students. but it’s also individual’s responsibility to understand online security risks, how to use different websites and web applications etc and be careful when sharing your personal information, must not share your information to unauthorized parties.
Another important point highlighted was Cyberbullying. Cyberbullying or cyber-harassment is a form of bullying or harassment using electronic means. Cyberbullying and Cyber-harassment are also known as online bullying. From a student’s perspective, it could be abusive texts and emails, posting unkind messages or images, imitating others online, excluding others online, inappropriate image tagging. Parental control is vital to avoid their children from cyberbullying. Teachers could also be affected by Cyberbullying through different means e.g. Flaming: Online fights using electronic messages with angry and vulgar language. Harassment and stalking: Repeatedly sending cruel, vicious, and/or threatening messages. Mobbing: This is a group of students’ cyberbullying a teacher. By using different strategies we can deal with cyberbullying effectively. https://www.stopbullying.gov/cyberbullying/what-is-it/index.html
I would like to appreciate all my group members, they contributed well, helped each other and things moved on perfectly.